Wow– what a fast month this was. I spent 16 of the 30 days on the road and I think I’m finally ready to slow down for a while. Not that I have a choice… this week I welcome the official start of my third trimester. I hear it’s a blast! Along with my growing condition, spring is in full bloom at our house. Windows are open, little baby birds are chirping, and I’m counting down the days until the heirloom peonies in our front yard open up in all their glory. With that in mind, this month’s edit is about becoming just a little bit better– better at getting things done, better at thinking critically about how we can give back, better at being aware. Enjoy!
+ On how to be an eco-conscious traveler: “Just strolling or biking around a new city — Boston, say, or Paris — is an easy way to have an environmentally friendly vacation. Since getting to or from a destination is generally the biggest carbon drain, consider staying awhile, and taking one longer vacation rather than several shorter ones.” How to Travel the Earth And Protect It, Too – by Kate Galbraith via The New York Times
+ On learning to get things started: “It’s that hump of ‘just start’ that is so hard to get over. Yet once we do, momentum takes over. We see immediate results from the work we’re doing and instead of looking for ways to avoid it, we look at ways to finish.” The Important Habit of Just Starting – by Jory Mackay via Life Hacker
+ On the philanthropic efforts of another Mr. Buffett: “Unlike most philanthropists I’ve met, Buffett doesn’t pretend to have the solution to the problem he’s trying to solve. But he is certain that we need new ideas.” How Warren Buffett’s Son Would Feed the World – by Nina Munk via The Atlantic
+ On the counterintuitive way to be more productive: “If you want to be productive, the first question you need to ask yourself is: Who do I want to be? Another question is: Where do I want to go? Chances are that the answers to these questions represent growth in some direction.” You Need to Practice Being Your Future Self – by Peter Bregman via Harvard Business Review
+ On being more conscious: “In becoming more aware of our own mind, we become more aware of those around us, too, ensuring that harmonious relationships are very much part of our own personal journey to health and happiness.” 3 Ways to be More Mindful Every Day – by Andy Puddicombe via Motto
+ On how to tidy up your closet: “It’s important to be kind to yourself and realize that the road to tidiness is a journey and won’t happen overnight. At the end of the day, you’re modifying your behavior and that can take time.” How to Clean Your Closet Like a Pro – by Amelia Diamond via Man Repeller
+ Lastly, I just finished Nora McInerny Purmort’s first novel, It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too). Nora’s hilariously funny memoir touches true love, inconceivable loss, and the trials and tribulations of growing up a #blessed white female in the middle of America.
Twentysomething Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend and job to job. Then she met Aaron, a charismatic art director and her kindred spirit. They made mix tapes (and pancakes) into the wee hours of the morning. They finished each other’s sentences. They just knew. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and married after his first surgery. They had a baby when he was on chemo. They shared an amazing summer filled with happiness and laughter. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms in another hospital bed. His wildly creative obituary, which they wrote together, touched the world.
Now, Nora shares hysterical, moving, and painfully honest stories about her journey with Aaron. It’s OK to Laugh explores universal themes of love, marriage, work, (single) motherhood, and depression through her refreshingly frank viewpoint. A love letter to life, in all of its messy glory, and what it’s like to still be kickin’, It’s OK to Laugh is like a long chat with a close friend over a cup of coffee (or chardonnay).
If you like Wit & Delight’s wellness posts, I promise you will LOVE Nora’s writing. Pre-order her book here.
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BY Kate Arends - April 29, 2016
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.